Teen Boy Arrested, Accused of Molesting Toddlers at Family Daycare

The facility has been cited for violations 14 times in the last five years for other infractions, state records show.

The 17-year-old son of a licensed daycare provider in Southern California sexually abused at least three children who had been left in his care, police said Wednesday, and there may be more victims.

The Highland teen, whose name was not disclosed because of his age, was accused Jan. 17 by the parents of a 3-year-old boy who said several acts of sexual abuse had been committed against their son, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives said they discovered two additional victims while investigating the initial complaint. The two additional victims were also between 3 and 4 years old. They are still investigating and interviewing other children who were at the daycare.

"It's all alleged but disturbing because I have kids the same age," neighbor Lisa Rebelo said.

"He seemed normal like any other kid around here, but it just goes to show you that everyone has a dark side," another neighbor said.

The teen boy has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and oral copulation on a victim under the age of 10. He has been booked at San Bernardino Juvenile Hall.

State officials said they are reviewing the case and the daycare may have its license revoked.

The daycare, listed alternately as Saucedo Family Child Care and Saritas Family Daycare, has been cited 14 times by the state in the past five years. Six of those citations were a "Type A" violation, which is described as "violation for immediate health and safety risk."

The previous violations were corrected by the owners.

It is a violation of state law for a daycare to let anyone under the age of 18 to watch kids in its care.

Anyone with information or who may know additional victims is asked to call Detective Guerra at 909-387-3615.

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